Empowerment is when someone has power, permission, and/or authority to do something. This often comes from outside the person. For example, our supervisor might empower us to make decisions related to the business. We might empower our attorney to make legal decisions for us. Laws might empower women to have more equal status in the workplace.
Self-empowerment comes from inside of us. It is when we give ourselves the power, permission, and/or authority to do something. This might be to grow and develop into the person we want to become. It might be to create the life we want to live.
We have the power within us to create what we desire. Often what stands in our way is that we do not think we have the right to it. We need to give ourselves permission to go after what we want.
Self-empowerment is when we use our power to take control of all aspects of our life. It is when we take responsibility for our choices, our thoughts, our actions, and the consequences of these. It is when we decide what we want, develop a plan on how to achieve it, and implement the plan.